Class Catalog

There’s a class for everyone.

Long-time writer or just getting started? Writing an epic poem or a short story? Whoever you are and wherever your passions lie—if you want to write, there’s a Hugo House class for you. Explore our catalog and find yours.

When we say we want our classes to be for everyone, we mean it.

Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes with the Burke Museum, 7-8th grade

In partnership with the Burke Museum, this camp fosters creative writing development through an engaging mix of prose and poetry readings, craft exercises, and artistic activities inspired by materials and knowledge from the Burke Museum.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 11, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel

Finishing Your Book (ASYNCHRONOUS)

This asynchronous class is for anyone struggling with a book. We’ll look at when and when not to revise, what questions are productive, and seek ways to re-invigorate ourselves for much more writing.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 8 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 12:00am
Format: Online Asynchronous
Fiction, Nonfiction

Kickstart, Jump Start, Restart

In this generative course, we’ll apply a range of literary art experiments to break free from entrenched patterns and shake up creative thinking in your stalled drafts. Focused on nonfiction; all genres welcome.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 12, 2022, 5:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, The Writing Life

Publishing Intensive for Speculative Fiction

This seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the publishing business and opportunities for writers of speculative fiction, with special guests and Speculatively Queer publishers Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin.

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Level: Advanced
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 16, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Nonfiction

Creative Grammar

This class analyzes creative divergence from the conventions of grammar, the way great writers can effectively "break the rules" as an element of craft. Students will practice the art of rule-breaking by writing or revising short passages.

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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 17, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Writing Toward the Unknown in Historical Fiction

This workshop will explore how to approach research, world-building, and character development in historical fiction, focusing on how to reimagine spaces and voices with minimal or nonexistent historical records.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 17, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Flash Fiction Scribes, 9-12th grade

In this camp, students will play with short story form and discover how they can pack a whole world into something under 1000 words.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 18, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Reading

Art and Craft, Aesthetics and Politics: On Individual and Collective Voices

This course offers a close reading of the poem/narrative “The Colonel", with discussion focusing on history, politics, representation and translation, as well as craft elements such as plotting, pacing, imagery, and rhythm.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 21, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Poetry, Reading

Art and Craft, Aesthetics and Politics: On Individual and Collective Voices

This course offers a close reading of the poem/narrative “The Colonel", with discussion focusing on history, politics, representation and translation, as well as craft elements such as plotting, pacing, imagery, and rhythm.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: July 21, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: Online
Essay, Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: July 25, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Short Story

Worldbuilding: Outside & In

Dive deep into worldbuilding, examining how to build exterior (place, culture, and atmosphere) and interior (needs, wants, fears, repressed desires) worlds around and within your characters.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 6 sessions
Start Date: July 26, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction

Science Fiction & Fantasy Scribes, 7-8th grade

Students in this camp will explore the worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy creative writing. Students will participate in writing activities, craft exercises, and the week will culminate with a reading of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 1, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction

Writing with Your Ghosts

From the fantastical to the lyrical, the works of Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Gabriel García Márquez, and more will serve as guideposts as we generate new work that pulls aside the veil and lets our ghosts speak.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 4 sessions
Start Date: August 2, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel

Blueprint For Constructing Scenes

In this class, you'll learn to make a visual blueprint that cements your story building blocks, and equip yourself with tools to construct scenes such as measured actions, artistic hooks, and evocative settings.

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Level: Introductory
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 4, 2022, 7:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Modern Tarot: Contemporary Tarot for Everyone (IN-PERSON)

Tarot, the ancient card system, is having a twenty-first century renaissance. This lecture-style workshop will discuss the structure and meaning of the 78-cards, as well as offer tips for spreads and ritual.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 7, 2022, 2:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

The Punch-Up: Unleashing Your Humor on the Page (IN-PERSON)

Do you find it hard to translate your humor into writing? Explore methods and get tips on finding the funny in this "writers' room" session. Bring your essays, monologues, and screenplays to share and punch up!

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 7, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction, Nonfiction

What Is Love? Writing Queer Love Stories (IN-PERSON)

In this generative workshop, we’ll discuss the craft components that make a compelling, contemporary, queer love story. We’ll talk about narrative arc, perspective, and the kinds of love that don’t get enough attention.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 7, 2022, 1:00pm
Format: In Person
Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

Creative Writing Scribes, 7-8th Grade

In this exploratory camp, students will develop their prose and poetry writing. Students will participate in readings, craft exercises, and artistic experiences; the week will culminate with a presentation of student work.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 5 sessions
Start Date: August 8, 2022, 10:00am
Format: In Person
Fiction, Novel

Time as a Tool for Tension

There are at least two ticking clocks in fiction–the timeline of the story and the clock on the reader’s patience. In this one-day session you will practice the careful management of time in your fiction.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 13, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Magic 101

Fantasy worlds thrive on magic systems. In this workshop, we will take a deep dive into existing magic systems in books and films to help you figure out how to create your own complex and believable magical world.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 20, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

Writing Dread: Horror From The First Sentence

Our favorite horror authors know how to create a sense of dread, the chill down your spine, from the first page. This class will explore how to replicate that feeling in our own work, on a sentence level and beyond.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 20, 2022, 10:00am
Format: Online
Fiction, Novel

How to Build a Haunted House (and Other Strange Structures)

This class is for architects of the weird wanting to hone their craft. We’ll study examples of speculative structures and students will leave with blueprints for the weirdest building or spaceship they can imagine.

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Level: Open to all levels
Length: 1 session
Start Date: August 21, 2022, 1:10pm
Format: Online